Lat­est craze rocks on

Ellenbrook Advocate - - NEWS -

IT is as sim­ple as hunt­ing for rocks, but a na­tion­wide hide­and-seek craze has at­tracted a strong fol­low­ing in the re­gion.

WA Rocks Perth Hills and sur­rounds co-or­di­na­tor Kelly Ney­lon said rocks sport­ing creative de­signs were tagged with the group name and hidden in parks and recre­ational ar­eas to be found.

Pho­tos and clues are posted on the WA Rocks Face­book page for other play­ers and again when they are found for the orig­i­nal hider to see.

“Once found, you can re­hide it in the same area or take it back home to hide it in an­other area,” Mrs Ney­lon said.

She said the move­ment was to en­cour­age chil­dren to be creative and to get them out­side, with par­ents shar­ing their grat­i­tude to or­gan­is­ers for help­ing re­duce screen time in their homes.

“It’s less screen time and more cre­ativ­ity and its work­ing,” Mrs Ney­lon said.

“Re­ally, the craze has been brought to the Hills by peo­ple find­ing rocks, see­ing our sym­bol on the back and log­ging in to dis­cover us.

“I my­self have been go­ing to parks all across the Shire of Mundaring and be­yond, hand­ing out in­for­ma­tion packs and free rocks for fam­i­lies who are in­ter­ested.”

The group plans to hold free ac­tiv­i­ties to get more fam­i­lies in­volved.

“Over 20,000 peo­ple are in­volved through­out WA and we are see­ing our rocks move around sub­urbs as chil­dren find them and take them back home,” Mrs Ney­lon said.

“This is very ex­cit­ing… I have per­son­ally seen peo­ple travel as far as Fre­man­tle to es­pe­cially look at Sculp­ture Park and find rocks as it’s be­come one of the more pop­u­lar play­grounds on the site.

“This is great for Perth Hills tourism for sure.”

She said their old­est mem­ber was 85 and their youngest were just one and two years old.

“The feed­back has been so re­ward­ing,” she said.

Pic­ture: David Baylis

Maddy (12), An­gus (9), Reg­gie (10) and Bon­nie Parker (11) with their rocks.

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